Being involved in a minor motor collision can be a difficult experience, but it’s not uncommon for victims bumped from behind to not know the first steps to take after an incident. Don’t you think you should be prepared, and learn what to do after a whiplash car accident?
We’ve put together a handy guide of first steps along with safety and claims advice. No one expects to get hit from behind, and it can often happen in the blink of an eye. That’s the case whether it’s your fault or another driver’s fault. Even a minor collision can get the adrenaline pumping and cause panic mode to kick in. Unfortunately, this often means that the events turn into a bit of a blur. So make sure you’re in the know when it comes to a whiplash car accident, and everything you should do to cover yourself completely from both medical and legal standpoints.
The Ultimate checklist for when the unexpected happens
Immediately after the accident…
- Stop the car straight away. It is an offence to carry on driving after a road collision.
- Immediately turn off your car’s engine.
- Switch on your hazard lights to warn other motorists
- Take a moment to check for injuries for yourself and other passengers.
- Consult the other party. If there have been no injuries, make note of this. This will cover you if the other party want to claim for a none existent injury. If anyone got injured in the incident call an ambulance if the injuries are severe. For non-severe injuries head to your personal MD.
- If the accident caused a road block, call the police immediately.
- Limit the effects of shock. Take calm and deep breaths, and whatever you do, don’t lose your temper. It’s normal to be in shock after an accident. Try to remain as calm as possible.
- Never admit responsibility until you are aware of exactly what caused the incident. If the liability isn’t yours this will protect you if a claim gets taken to court.
- Contact the police if the other party leaves the scene without exchanging information. If you think the driver is under the influence or has no insurance. And if you suspect the other driver caused the collision on purpose. ALWAYS report an accident within 24 hours. Leaving it longer may see you issued with a fine or disqualified from driving.
Exchange motoring details
The law dictates that you must exchange information following an incident. If there was more than one party involved ensure you get all the details.
- Name, address and registration.
- Insurance information
- Details of other passengers and witnesses to the incident
- The registered owner of the vehicle. This is especially important if the car is a company car.
- For company vehicles make note of the company name if advertised on the car.
- If you’re hit by foreign lorry, make sure you get the trailer and lorry registration numbers.
What to Record at the Scene
Smart phones have now made it even easier to document details at the scene. Picture evidence can document in accurate detail the scene of the incident. Use your phone to document the position of the cars involved and damage to any other cars.
- Number plate, make, model and colour of the motor vehicles.
- Exact time and date of the incident
- Driving conditions. Include details of road quality, lighting, and weather. The conditions of the roads such as an uneven surface or poor markings may affect the outcome of your claim.
- Where the vehicle was damaged and what sort of damage. Specify the type of damage and location
- Injuries to any party
Making a claim to your insurance provider
Alongside contacting a personal injury attorney, ensure to contact your insurance provider. You should make this call as soon as possible to discuss your whiplash car accident
They will need the following details:
- Your policy number and registration
- Registration of the vehicles involved
- The other drivers name and contact details
- The other drivers insurance details
Even if you don’t claim for compensation for your whiplash car accident, tell your insurer about the incident. This will cover you if the other driver makes a claim.
Even if you have experienced severe whiplash, you may be hesitant about making a claim. Claims can impact your no claims discount. The repairs could also be cheaper if paid for by the other party.
What symptoms might you have?
After, you’ve contacted your insurance and had a physical it may be time to contact a lawyer. Especially if you develop symptoms of whiplash. Symptoms include:
- Tightness of the neck and shoulders
- Headaches and migraines
- Blurred vision
- Shooting pains
- Pins and needles down the arm
- Fatigue, dizziness and tiredness.
Once a medical statement declares that you are displaying the signs of whiplash, it’s time to take action. A reputable personal injury attorney will help you every step of the way through your claim. Ensure that on your first hospital visit you’re checked over for the symptoms of whiplash. Although, on some occasions symptoms may manifest up to several weeks later.
It’s important that you don’t hang around when it comes to making your claim. Delayed claims can often rouse suspicion in court. An experienced attorney will know how to get around this to get you the compensation you deserve.
Get in Touch Today
If you’ve been the victim in a road collision resulting in whiplash don’t hesitate to get in touch. Doug Allen has plenty of experience winning cases just like yours. He also personally handles each whiplash claim from start to finish, but can take on loads of other kinds of cases too.
Even from your first consultation you will be dealing with a fully certified lawyer. Doug Allen’s great reputation comes from his long history of success, alongside his promise to always fight for his clients and their families. Doug Allen goes above and beyond the call of duty of his clients in Colorado Springs. He’s available for consultation 24/7, and if you are unable to travel after an incident, he can always come to you. When you choose Doug Allen’s representation you receive 5-Star treatment from day one.
All cases taken on by Allen Law Firm is no-win, no-fee basis. What have you got to lose? Make a claim after a whiplash car accident today!